Apparently it’s become a trope of the right to believe that the Confederates had thousands of black soldiers.  Actual historians’ estimates: less than twelve.

Ta-Nehisi makes the depressing point that people just want to believe these myths that make their past seem better.  But there’s a more optimistic take: we really have moved forward in 150 years, to the point that the Southern position before the Civil War– that secession and war were better than having to pay wages to blacks– makes no sense to people any more.